NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) – Course Duration and Schedule

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Authors
  1. Caron, J.-D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);1 Canadian Air Div, Winnipeg MAN (CAN) Centre for Operational Research and Analysis
Abstract
Originally, the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) schedules were developed for all flight training phases until Calendar Year (CY) 2005. A1 Training officers are responsible for the creation and management of the NFTC schedules. They requested the assistance of the Operational Research and Analysis Directorate to build a new and more optimized schedule. During the first years of operation (2001-2004), NFTC has had problems graduating their students on time, especially in Phases III and IV. This was primarily caused by the inefficiencies of the method used to determine the course duration. In order to overcome these frequently occurring graduation problems, a more realistic approach was developed to determine the course duration of the serials in Phases III and IV. The new scheduling method is based on a thorough analysis of weather requirements necessary to fly each mission. This report presents the new approach and how it was integrated into a more complex model used to create all NFTC phases start/end dates until CY 2011. All the assumptions made and the different constraints faced are enumerated in the document. Finally, the report demonstrates the impacts of the new schedule on all NFTC participating nations. The impacts are expressed in terms of number of calendar days spent in Canada.

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Keywords
NATO Flying Training in Canada;NFTC;Pilot Training;Course Duration;Weather Condition;Scheduling;Exhaustive Search;Flying Training Day Calendar;Phase IIA;Phase IIB;Phase III;Phase IV
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TR-2005-23 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2005
Number of Pages
68
DSTKIM No
CA026672
CANDIS No
524581
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Electronic Document(PDF)

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